Top critical review
Worth a watch but not his best.
on 15 January 2013
I've been a fan of Doug Stanhope for a while and have all of his DVD's back to 'Word of Mouth' which you can only get from his website or that of 'Sacred Cow.' I've also seen him live a couple of times over the years which have always been great nights out.
It's safe to say that Doug Stanhope is not for everyone. He's very, very edgy and those who are quite easily offended would be best to steer clear of his performances, in the way that I'd tend to avoid Peter Kay as I find him too bland. It's just not my kind of comedy. If you're unsure as to whether he's likely to be for you, he regularly features on Charlie Brookers 'Wipes' and you can find a lot of his skits on YouTube.
Whilst half of the fun of a Stanhope performance is watching him go off on his rants, lately he seems to be getting less 'funny' with it and more 'bitter' which is getting harder and harder to watch. I noticed this trend on the 'Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere' DVD and also the 'From Across The Street' CD. As such I frequently return to his earlier material when I want a laugh and his later stuff less so.
There's still some great guffaw material to be had here, as there is on the two titles mentioned above. There are also some deleted skits on the disc one of which (The Mel Gibson one) is priceless and should have been left in the main concert, in my opinion.
The package is a good deal, as along with the DVD you also get a separate CD included so you can rip it to 'enjoy' this concert on the go.
All in all I'd give this a cautious thumbs up, with the caveat that people new to Stanhope would be better off starting with 'Deadbeat Hero' or 'No Refunds' which are readily available in the U.K., cheaper and show Stanhope nearer his best.